Louisiana State Parks Calendar - click here for full calendar

January  2018

1/1/2018
Sam Houston Jones State Park, Lake Charles
First Day Hike
Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018
Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline
First Day Hike
Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018
Poverty Point Reservoir State Park, Delhi
First Day Hike
Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018
Lake Claiborne State Park, Homer
First Day Hike
Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018
Chemin-A-Haut State Park, Bastrop
First Day Hike
Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018
Lake D’Arbonne State Park, Farmerville
First Day Hike, 1:30 p.m.
Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. Enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer on an hour-long hike that will include cardiovascular intervals. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
For more information call 888.677.5200 toll free or 318.368.2086 locally.
1/1/2018
North Toledo Bend State Park, Zwolle
First Day Hike
Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018
South Toledo Bend State Park, Anacoco
First Day Hike
Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
First Day Hike
Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018
Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville
First Day Hike
Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville
First Day Hike
Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018
Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego
First Day Hike
Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018
Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville
First Day Hike, 10:30 a.m.
Experience the nature found at the park, during this hike starting off the new year! Meet at the Sugar Mill ruins for a family hike that can be up to 3 miles long, depending upon the participants. Bring water and a snack, and dress appropriately for the weather.
For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
1/1/2018
Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton
First Day Hike, 10 a.m.
Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. Enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer while joining a park ranger on a hike along the Gorge Trail. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
1/1/2018
Grand Isle State Park, Grand Isle
First Day Hike
Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018
St. Bernard State Park, Braithwaite
First Day Hike
Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018
Tickfaw State Park, Springfield
First Day Hike
Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/6/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Time Travelers – The Thunder of Cannons, 1810, 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m.
View the smoke and fire of a cannon demonstration or dress in uniform, load, and fire one yourself as you travel back over 200 years in a moment. Program participation is for visitors age 16 and up.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
1/6/2018
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
Saturdays for Kids, 10 a.m. - noon.
Bring the kids out for a special seasonal two-hour program, weather permitting. Registration is $10 per child. Follow the site on Facebook for information about the specific activities.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
1/6/2018
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Primitive Fire Starting, 11 a.m.
Without electricity, the ability to start fires from scratch would have been an essential part of everyday life at Poverty Point and elsewhere throughout human history. Watch as the ranger demonstrates how ancient people created fires – using both a bow drill and a pump drill – to heat and sustain themselves.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
1/8/2018 to 1/21/2018
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
History Mythbusters, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., on the hour.
Common historical myths will be examined, looking at the factual information and circumstances behind them as well as the research that later disproved them.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
1/12/2018
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
St. Denis Day Camp, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The fun and excitement of St Denis Summer Camp is now available during school holidays and parent-teacher conference days! Activities will depend on the season, including period games, nature walks, and more. Fee to attend will be $25 per child per day; campers will need to bring a sack lunch and drink, and dress appropriately for the weather. Preregistration is recommended, due to limited space.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
1/13/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Bluebird Basics, 1 - 3 p.m.
Discover the tricks to attract nesting bluebirds, from "do´s and don´ts" to a nesting timetable. This is a good starting point for beginners and a refresher for long-time bluebird fans alike. Following the presentation, preregistered participants will build a bluebird house to take home. there is a limit of one box per family and a $15 fee is required.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
1/13/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Tatting Class, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Staff and volunteers will teach participants this old form of lace-making, through both the needle method and by shuttle. Preregistration is required, as space is limited. Call early to reserve your spot!
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
1/20/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The Boys of ´61, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Take a trip to the year 1861 and see Louisiana on the edge of war. Civil War reenactors will be in period dress of 157 years ago and presenting the daily life of citizens becoming soldiers. You may fall in with the militia as they drill, see how a cannon works, or taste a bit of what the soldiers ate. Witness an enlistment, hear a speech for secession, or write a letter home with pen and ink.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
1/20/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Arbor Day, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Celebrate Louisiana´s Arbor Day at the Louisiana State Arboretum. The day will begin with an opening ceremony honoring the day and trees in our lives. Visit the tree classroom and learn how to plant, prune and care for trees. Hard to find native to Louisiana tree saplings will be available to participants throughout the day while supplies last.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
1/20/2018
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
Soldier, Militia and Courier de Bois on the Move, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
In this living history program see a camp setting for a soldier or civilian on the move across the Louisiana Territory. Learn how they survived on the frontier, how they dressed, cooked, prepared for the next day´s march and more.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
1/20/2018
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Atlatl Competition, 10 a.m.
Guests are invited to come and enjoy some friendly atlatl competition, and experience first hand, the way prehistoric people hunted. There will be two events of competition, distance and accuracy. The winner of each event will receive a prize.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
1/20/2018
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Battle of Mansfield Presentation, 2 p.m.
The Battle of Mansfield was one of the largest Civil War battles fought west of the Mississippi, involving almost 30,000 troops. But why was the battle fought? What were its objectives? Join site staff for an in-depth presentation using tactical battlefield maps and informative slides will answer these questions and more.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
1/21/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Open Hearth Candle-Making Demonstration, 1 - 3 p.m.
Discover lighting methods of the early 1800s as park staff create molded beeswax candles from over the open fire, as was once done by the enslaved people of Oakley Plantation.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
1/27/2018
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Vigilantes on the Bayou, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
During the mid-1800s in South Louisiana, Acadian farmers were being pushed off their lands by bands of vigilantes made up of wealthier Creoles and les Americans. The vigilantes used threats and false accusations against the small farmers to seize their land. See how hostilities reached their peak during a 1 p.m. reenactment at the Acadian Farmstead. There will also be a showing of "Belizaire," which focuses on these events, in the Visitor Center.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
1/27/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature Craft, 2 p.m.
Join the site naturalist to make a nature-themed craft to take home with you.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
1/27/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Winter Tree Identification, 10 a.m.
Visitors will learn techniques for identifying trees during the most difficult time of year. This program will closely examine tree bark, twigs, buds, and location to determine a tree´s species without using leaves.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.

February  2018

2/3/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
An Enslaved Life: Home School Day, 9 a.m. - noon.
Preregistered students will learn about the African-American enslaved persons who worked at Oakley Plantation harvesting crops. A tour of the slave cabins will show life for the enslaved on the plantation and how they adapted to their condition. Other demonstrations will include a taste of food, daily tasks, and recreation on a plantation.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
2/3/2018
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
Saturdays for Kids, 10 a.m. - noon.
Bring the kids out for a special seasonal two-hour program, weather permitting. Registration is $10 per child. Follow the site on Facebook for information about the specific activities.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
2/10/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Pine Needle Basketry, 1 - 4 p.m.
Participants, ages 12 to adult, will learn all the basic skills needed to make a pine needle basket. There is a $10 registration fee for this program; all materials are provided and space is limited to 10 participants.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/16/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
A War of 1812 School Day, 9 a.m. - noon
Preregistered students will learn about life in the days of Napoleon. Students will see a citizen soldier of West Florida in the Felicianas at the time of the War of 1812. Preregistration is required; open to home school students as as well as public and private school students.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
2/17/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
A War of 1812 Living History Encampment, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
During the War of 1812, a foreign invader burned the White House, the United States invaded Canada, and the sounds of cannon fire and battle could be heard in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Visitors will see the Age of Napoleon come to life though cannon firing drills, black powder musket drills, and camp life talks.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
2/17/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Native Guard Battlefield Tour, 10 a.m.
To commemorate Black History Month, the site will offer a guided tour to the Louisiana Native Guard battlefield, where the First and Third Louisiana Native Guard regiments fought a historic battle on May 27, 1863. The tour will begin in the Visitor Center´s audio/visual room. Wear appropriate clothing/footwear for walking and bring water and insect repellent.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
2/17/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Toad Abodes, 2 p.m.
Toads are very beneficial to have around our gardens; unfortunately, their numbers are declining. Learn ways to make your garden more toad-friendly, as easily as providing an upside-down clay flower pot. Join us and make a toad house for your garden.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/17/2018
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
Soldier, Militia and Courier de Bois on the Move, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
In this living history program see a camp setting for a soldier or civilian on the move across the Louisiana Territory. Learn how they survived on the frontier, how they dressed, cooked, prepared for the next day´s march and more.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
2/17/2018
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Guided Battlefield Tour, 2 p.m.
Park staff will lead guests on a in-depth tour of the battlefield, visiting key points on the field where significant action occurred.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
2/24/2018
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Prehistoric Pottery Making, 10:30 a.m. - noon.
Attendees can try their hand at creating items – figurines, decorated artistic objects, coiled clay pots, and clay pipes – inspired by those that have been excavated from the site. All of the clay and other materials needed for making this primitive pottery will be provided. It is recommended to wear or bring appropriate clothes for working with potentially messy clay.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
2/24/2018
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Tool Demonstration, 1 - 4 p.m.
Come and watch the rangers demonstrate the tools used by early inhabitants to build, hunt and create other articles used in their culture.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
2/24/2018
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Enslaved Life at Rosedown, 11 a.m.
Learn more about the life of the enslaved people at Rosedown Plantation, through an examination of their duties, accomplishments, and treatment along with an exploration of the hierarchy that existed on the plantation. The program will discuss the historic layout of the plantation including outbuildings, home sites, work areas and fields, followed by a walking tour of the outbuildings on the grounds.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
2/24/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Wetlands, 10 a.m.
Visitors will go on a 2.5 mile hike through 3 unique wetlands and observe why these wetlands are so important to the park. Dip nets will be used on the program so visitors can see some of the smaller organisms that occur in wetlands.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
2/24/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Louisiana Geology, 2 p.m.
Louisiana is a geologically dynamic state, and its story is in the hills and gullies of the Arboretum. Learn about major geological events of Louisiana and take a hike to see how these processes helped shape the environment of the Arboretum and the surrounding area.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.